Kelowna’s long-awaited new downtown walking pier is nearing completion.
With the last section expected to be floated into place within the next few days, Westcorp, the Edmonton-based developer building the pier and associated marina, has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the pier and marina for Sept. 27.
A official with the company organizing the event said the pier itself is actually expected to be complete by Sept. 21.
The $5.1 million project includes the 360-foot-long L-shaped pier, several small associated buildings, temporary-use moorage facilities, including hourly and overnight slips, as well as a shorter, commercial dock nearby that is already in place.
The pier, which was originally slated to be complete earlier this summer, was delayed as Westcorp made improvements during construction. Sections for the pier were built on the west side of the lake and floated across in pieces before being connected and anchored.
The pier is located near the Sails sculpture at the foot of Bernard Avenue.
In return for financing, building, operating and maintaining the pier for the next 20 years, Westcorp will get to keep any revenue generated by it , including revenue from the sale of fuel from the marina’s new fuel station.
The pier will be free to use and open to the public.
Westcorp also owns land across the street from the pier—on the site of the now-demolished Willow Inn. It plans to build a boutique hotel on the property.